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Synthesis of an Organic Compound


Published 1962


The film shows the synthesis of 2-butanone, a ketone, from 2-butanol, an alcohol, as an example of a common type of organic synthesis. It discusses three basic steps: synthesis, purification, identification. In the synthesis, 2-butanol is oxidized by sodium dichromate and sulfuric acid to yield 2-butanone. Purification is accomplished by solvent extraction, followed by distillation of the 2-butanone. The identity of the product is established by forming a solid derivative of the 2-butanone and determining its melting point, and is confirmed by infrared spectroscopy.

Collaborator: Professor T. A. Geissman, University of California, Los Angeles.


Producer CHEM Study, College of Chemistry, U.C. Berkeley
Audio/Visual sound, color

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